September 20, 2013

Psalm 100:3 Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

To the atheist, this is one of the most offensive verses in the whole Bible. The foundational motive of virtually all atheism is rejection of the truth stated in this verse. They don’t like “Creationism” because it says what this verse does, that we are created, not evolved, beings, and that automatically makes us accountable to our Creator. A recent public statement by a fairly visible “science” person, that religion violates science, shows this clearly. The problems with that view are so many it would take a book to consider them, and several have been written. It wouldn’t be such an issue if atheists were honest in their stated beliefs, because in that case they wouldn’t care if “poor benighted fools” chose to believe in “fables.” They make such a ruckus, demanding that everyone adhere to their position, because in their hearts they know they are wrong, and the more noise they make the more reassured they feel. It’s rather like the Japanese proverb that translates loosely to, “It’s not scary to cross against the light if you do it in a group.” The Bible is very clear that accountability is an individual thing, (Hebrews 9:27 and many more) and they can’t abide that thought.

In my home environment as a child, this was never an issue. We were very big on education and learning, with graduate degrees in various fields, including the “hard” sciences, common among our relatives. I completely devoured National Geographic Magazine, and to this day credit it with a major part of my education, since we had back issues from the 1930s. However, though we were aware of the theory of evolution, there was never any doubt that we were created beings, not only accountable to our Creator but with the glorious privilege of serving Him. I believe it was Linaeus, the founder of the whole field of genetics, who said that science is uncovering God’s footprints. I have no problem whatsoever with honest scientific inquiry; the problem is that so much that goes on today is not honest, but just an attempt to get “off the hook” of accountability to God.

Father, thank You for Your grace toward me, because You know how easily I could have gone the other direction. I ask Your wisdom, anointing, and above all love for dealing with the many around me who profess atheism, or at least agnosticism. I pray that Your Spirit would speak through me words that would strip away the paper walls they put up, so that they may be brought to repentance and faith, for their salvation. Thank You for the reputation You have given me over the years I’ve lived here, that people do see me as a man of God. Help me help them understand that You love them as much as You do me, so that they may let go of the lies they have embraced and receive, and cling to, Your truth. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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